With Tyrese Maxey’s commitment imminent, which could potentially be coupled with a reclassification, it isn’t a stretch to say that Maxey pledging to play for the Cats could totally reshape the 2018-2019 squad, assuming his comments about playing with fellow 5-star guard Ashton Hagans are to be taken literally:
“We call ourselves The Duo,” he said, pausing a beat before correction himself: “A possible duo. I’m sorry. Trying not to laugh.”
Let’s assume for a moment that Maxey will commit to UK, and he and Hagans will both opt to reclassify to 2018 to make this “duo” talk a reality. If this comes to fruition, the Wildcat backcourt will be unreasonably deep.
We know that Quade Green has decided to return for the 2018 campaign, and even if Coach Cal is forced to cut his minutes, Green’s vocal presence will have ramifications both during games and behind the scenes at practice. Elder statesmen have proven to be valuable assets under Calipari.
Then there’s Immanuel Quickley, who was originally viewed as Kentucky’s next floor general. The 6’3″, 175 pound ball handler will still contribute heavily, even if his impact is diluted by the former 2019 recruits.
Tyler Herro will inject some much needed perimeter shooting prowess into the lineup, and will likely fill the same role that was once occupied by a player that Herro draws heavy comparisons to, Devin Booker. Given the woes the 2017-2018 Cats experienced from downtown, that sounds delectable to me.
Drop in Hagans and Maxey, guards with the same Calipari-friendly physical gifts as Quickley, and all of the sudden, the idea of a guard-centric platoon system starts to sound like a reasonable idea. It’s either that, or an endlessly intense war for playing time every day in practice.
I legitimately wonder if next year’s team will produce record breaking numbers of assists, considering the fact that top-quality guards will be on the court virtually one-hundred percent of the time. If some other weapons like P.J. Washington and Wenyen Gabriel make their ways back to Lexington, it’s entirely possible.